Steve, the coffee machine fix-it guy, is comming in on friday. he'll fix the leak and the button on the right hand group which is broken.
I also asked that he give it a tune up and we should agree to a yearly check-up with him to maintain the machine. cheaper in the long run to get regular maintenece than to buy a new machine, i think.
anyway, the coffee problem will soon be solved.
now: about the rest of the mess?